Top Cited Articles of All Time (2016 edition) by astro-ph

The 100 most highly cited papers of All Time (2016 edition) cited by papers in the astro-ph archive

Keep in mind that citation counts can never be exact, there is something like a 5% error in most of these numbers. Please do not fret about number 32 versus 33, as this is often not a statistically significant difference. More information about citations in INSPIRE can be found here.

Also note that the counts shown, and used in the rankings, are the counts as of 2019-12-29. Further, the counts shown by the ranking are only the cites satisfying the criteria for that list. Actual citation numbers in the database may change as corrections are made and papers are added, the links will take you to the updated numbers.

Annual and All-time 2016 editions

2016 reports for eprints

1450 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016PDG RPP has been unified. The most recent is shown.
Review of Particle Physics
Particle Data Group (M. Tanabashi (Nagoya U. & KMI, Nagoya) et al.). 2018. 1898 pp.
Published in Phys.Rev. D98 (2018) no.3, 030001
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.98.030001

  1. 7391 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  2. 4537 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  3. 4490 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  4. 4305 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  5. 4290 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  6. 4044 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  7. 4033 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  8. 3828 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  9. 3567 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  10. 3492 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  11. 3396 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  12. 3232 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  13. 3021 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  14. 2569 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
    Star formation in galaxies along the Hubble sequence
    Robert C. Kennicutt, Jr. (Arizona U., Astron. Dept. - Steward Observ.). Jul 1998. 41 pp.
    Published in Ann.Rev.Astron.Astrophys. 36 (1998) 189-231
    STEWARD-1454, STEWARD-OBSERVATORY-PREPRINT-1454
    DOI: 10.1146/annurev.astro.36.1.189
    e-Print: astro-ph/9807187 | PDF

  15. 2564 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
    SExtractor: Software for source extraction
    E. Bertin, S. Arnouts. Jun 1996. 12 pp.
    Published in Astron.Astrophys.Suppl.Ser. 117 (1996) 393-404
    DOI: 10.1051/aas:1996164

  16. 2553 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
    The Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)
    M.F. Skrutskie et al.. Feb 2006. 21 pp.
    Published in Astron.J. 131 (2006) 1163-1183
    DOI: 10.1086/498708

  17. 2527 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  18. 2494 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  19. 2484 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  20. 2366 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  21. 2315 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
    Planck 2013 results. XVI. Cosmological parameters
    Planck Collaboration (P.A.R. Ade (Cardiff U.) et al.). Mar 20, 2013. 66 pp.
    Published in Astron.Astrophys. 571 (2014) A16
    CERN-PH-TH-2013-129
    DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201321591
    e-Print: arXiv:1303.5076 [astro-ph.CO] | PDF

  22. 2249 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  23. 2149 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  24. 2035 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  25. 2034 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  26. 2023 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  27. 2007 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  28. 2005 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  29. 1985 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
    The Global Schmidt law in star forming galaxies
    Robert C. Kennicutt, Jr. (Arizona U., Astron. Dept. - Steward Observ.). Dec 1997. 23 pp.
    Published in Astrophys.J. 498 (1998) 541
    STEWARD-1419, STEWARD-OBSERVATORY-PREPRINT-1419
    DOI: 10.1086/305588
    e-Print: astro-ph/9712213 | PDF

  30. 1951 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  31. 1932 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  32. 1896 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  33. 1855 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  34. 1800 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  35. 1791 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  36. 1752 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  37. 1751 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  38. 1736 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  39. 1712 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  40. 1676 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  41. 1663 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  42. 1648 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  43. 1638 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  44. 1627 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  45. 1588 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  46. 1585 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
    The Swift Gamma-Ray Burst Mission
    Swift Science Collaboration (N. Gehrels (NASA, Goddard) et al.). May 2004. 38 pp.
    Published in Astrophys.J. 611 (2004) 1005-1020, Erratum: Astrophys.J. 621 (2005) 558
    DOI: 10.1086/427409, 10.1086/422091
    e-Print: astro-ph/0405233 | PDF

  47. 1578 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  48. 1571 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  49. 1564 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  50. 1557 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  51. 1539 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  52. 1536 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  53. 1527 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  54. 1519 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  55. 1509 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  56. 1477 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  57. 1467 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  58. 1457 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  59. 1451 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  60. 1424 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  61. 1422 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  62. 1417 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  63. 1402 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  64. 1392 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  65. 1384 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  66. 1374 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  67. 1360 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  68. 1351 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  69. 1343 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  70. 1333 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  71. 1319 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  72. 1310 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  73. 1302 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  74. 1294 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  75. 1271 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  76. 1265 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  77. 1249 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
    Clustering in real space and in redshift space
    N. Kaiser (Cambridge U.). Jul 1987. 27 pp.
    Published in Mon.Not.Roy.Astron.Soc. 227 (1987) 1-27

  78. 1242 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  79. 1241 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  80. 1239 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  81. 1213 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  82. 1210 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  83. 1208 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  84. 1181 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  85. 1173 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
    Dwarf galaxies of the Local Group
    Mario Mateo (Michigan U.). Oct 1998. 66 pp.
    Published in Ann.Rev.Astron.Astrophys. 36 (1998) 435-506
    DOI: 10.1146/annurev.astro.36.1.435
    e-Print: astro-ph/9810070 | PDF

  86. 1172 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  87. 1170 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  88. 1162 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
    The host galaxies of AGN
    SDSS Collaboration (Guinevere Kauffmann et al.). Apr 2003. 44 pp.
    Published in Mon.Not.Roy.Astron.Soc. 346 (2003) 1055
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2966.2003.07154.x
    e-Print: astro-ph/0304239 | PDF

  89. 1158 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  90. 1154 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  91. 1153 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  92. 1152 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  93. 1137 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  94. 1136 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  95. 1135 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  96. 1122 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  97. 1122 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  98. 1120 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016
  99. 1108 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2016